If only the beauty world came with directions. Most products, including lipsticks, don’t specify exactly how they’re supposed to be used. So most of us assume it’s a function of trial and error, or we learn tips from family and friends.
But there are at least five different ways you can wear a single tube of lipstick, and here they are!
These five lipstick looks use a combination of the following three products:
1. Lipstick Alone
The classic approach. Apply it to your lips right from the tube. You’ll get the most pigmented lip color this way in a shade true to what the manufacturer intended. After applying, blot with a facial tissue to remove any excess color.
2. Lipstick Over Clear Lip Gloss
Slather on a layer of clear lip gloss first. Then, apply your lipstick on top. Starting with a clear gloss base dilutes the pigments in the lipstick, so you end up with a lighter tint than using the lipstick alone. A good look if you want a more natural look while still using your favorite lipstick. Blot as needed.
3. Lipstick Over Colored Lip Gloss
In this look, you’re trying to augment an already colorful lip gloss with color from a lipstick. Use this method to add variety and dimension to the color of your lips. This approach results in something completely new.
4. Lipstick Under Clear Lip Gloss
Do you have a lipstick you really like, but it just isn’t shiny enough for you? Apply your lipstick as usual before spreading on a layer of clear gloss on top. It’ll add shine while maintaining the pure color of the lipstick.
5. Lipstick Under Colored Lip Gloss
Let’s say you bought a tube of red lipstick, hoping it would look good with your skin tone, only to find that it made you look sickly or not quite right. Instead of throwing it away, apply a layer of colored lip gloss over it. In the picture above, the brown in the tinted gloss tones down the red lipstick and adds some shine.
As you can see, you can do a lot of different lip looks with just one tube of lipstick. Though the looks are similar, their subtle differences translate into a wide variety of makeup choices.